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10/25/05

Bladder Cancer

A simple urine test could help doctors find bladder cancer early in men. A new study found that high levels of an enzyme in the urine called Telomerase was about 90 percent sensitive in identifying bladder cancer.

The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association says it wouldn't be practical to screen for this routinely, because bladder cancer is rare but, they say since it is a simple, non-invasive test it should be offered to smokers. Because smokers have a three-fold increased risk of bladder cancer compared to non smokers. The was led by researchers at Morgagni-Pierantoni hospital in Forli, Italy.

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